2013 ORS § 537.595¹
Construction or alteration of well commenced prior to August 3, 1955, recognized as right to appropriate water when registered

Except as otherwise provided in ORS 537.545 (Exempt uses) or 537.575 (Permits granted, approved or pending under former law) or 537.585 (Beneficial use of ground water prior to August 3, 1955, recognized as right to appropriate water when registered) and subject to determination under ORS 537.670 (Determination of rights to appropriate ground water of ground water reservoir) to 537.695 (Conclusive adjudication), when any person or public agency on August 3, 1955, is lawfully engaged in good faith in such construction, alteration or extension of a well for the application of ground water to beneficial use, the right to appropriate such ground water, upon completion of such construction, alteration or extension and application of the ground water to beneficial use within a reasonable time fixed by the Water Resources Commission, when registered under ORS 537.605 (Registration of right to appropriate ground water claimed under ORS 537.585 or 537.595) and 537.610 (Recording registration statement), is recognized to the extent of the beneficial use of the ground water. [1955 c.708 §6(3); 1985 c.673 §49]